Brian Hoyer clears concussion protocol

Brian Hoyer will return as the starter for Sunday's game against the New Orleans Saints. Hoyer cleared the league's concussion protocol Monday.

"Sounds like he's out of the protocol," head coach Bill O'Brien said in his Monday press conference. "As of this morning, he passed the final test there and he'll be our starter on Sunday."

O'Brien felt confident on Friday that Hoyer would be ready to go against the Saints. Last week, Hoyer was attending meetings and at practice, although not participating.

Heading into the final six games of the season, O'Brien would like to see Hoyer pick up where he left off. He wants to see Hoyer continue to protect the ball and understand the flow of the game so that he can do what it takes to win.

"I want to see him get back to where he was making good decisions for the team, throwing the ball accurately," O'Brien said. "Doing a really good job, I thought, on third down, understanding the game plan, doing the job that it takes to win the game, meaning like, understanding how the game's going."

In Week 11 at Cincinnati, Hoyer left the game in the third quarter wtih a concussion after completing 12-of-22 passes for 123 yards and one interception. He was relieved by T.J. Yates who also started in Sunday's 24-17 win over the Jets.

The (5-5) Texans will host the (4-6) Saints on Sunday with kickoff at noon CT on FOX-26 and SportsRadio 610.

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